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"Top shelf"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Principal Program Manager in Redmond, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

No limits on how far you can grow.
Great opportunity to move from one role to other roles.
Stable, meaningful work.
You can change the world from here.

Cons

Performance review system encourages bad behavior and wastes time.
A lot of focus on simplifying for management, not much tolerance for subtle nuances.

Advice to Management

Get rid of the performance stack rank system. Don't fire long term veteran good performers because of where they fall in the stack ranks.

Other Employee Reviews for Microsoft

  1. "Velvet sweatshop..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and fantastic benefits are just the beginning. The company is vast and with that comes tremendous opportunity to move around within the company if you are really good at office politics and networking. Plus, there's a certain prestige to being a Microsoft employee.

    Cons

    A lot of "lip service" is given to work-life balance but there is a subtle expectation that you will work at all hours of pretty much every day.
    There is a STRONG focus on "managing up" meaning that (with few exceptions) managers are mainly focused on presenting the cool things that they are doing and really have very little vested interest in ensuring the success of their employees through managing/coaching/mentoring.
    In the current review process -
    1) Too often, success is not measured by accomplishments but is instead measured by activities.
    2) Employees are measured against their peers instead of against the goals of their job. This basically pits them against each other fostering competition instead of cooperation.
    3) EVERY "Commitment" (goal for your position) is subjective.
    Microsoft is going through some pretty intense changes in organizational structure which has a LOT of people on edge.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your business and support those that are actually doing the front line work instead of focusing on your next career move.


  2. "Great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Remote, OR
    Current Employee - Account Technology Specialist (ATS) in Remote, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, rewarding, work life balance

    Cons

    Email jail is real and I live there

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